For the past 2 months or so, my DD has been fighting naps. I used to have no problem putting her down between 12:30 and 1 and she would sleep about 2 or 2 1/2 hours. Lately she just does not seem tired around nap time. It is a battle everyday. I am usually in her room for an hour to an hour and a half trying to get her down. I've always laid down with her in her toddler bed to get her to sleep which I never minded because it never took long for her to go to sleep. Now I get so frustrated with her, loose my patience and end up yelling at her and not feeling like a very good mommy. She rarely falls asleep before 2pm. Today she fell asleep at 3:15.
These late naps are becoming a problem. I go back to work in a few weeks and I usually pick her up from my mom's at 3. I can't have her falling asleep close to 3. And when she falls asleep so late, I usually wake her up at 4 so as not to mess up bedtime. Even so, she's usually not tired until 9:30 whereas she used to go down between 8-8:30.
I feel like she's young to stop napping altogether but on the days where we skip nap because we are at a party or out doing something special, she's really not bad at all. And it is much easier to get her to bed and she is usually out by 7:30 and sleeps well at night. I'm just not sure what to do. Most people I know who's kids are older than her (3 or 4) still nap. My mom was telling me though that I stopped napping when I was about her age.